Been a while since I’ve written a travel post. Still have a lot to catch up on from my trips from last year. But let me start with the recent most trip I made to Italy while it’s fresh in my mind 🙂 . I went there a couple of weeks ago and covered Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Milan while driving to Pisa and Portofino on the way. Let’s start with how to spend 2 days in Venice. Keep reading for more information and pictures.
I arrived in Venice the night before and settled into my hotel. I stayed at the Grand Hotel Dei Dogi and since this is in the main area with all the attractions, it saved me a lot of time. I would always recommend doing that on short trips. You can take a ferry-boat from the airport to the hotel and it costed me about €15. It was raining quite heavily the night I got here, however I was still able to get dinner at a canal side restaurant and walk around with an umbrella to explore the city.
Breakfast at the hotel was amazing and I love their garden setting. They even have a free shuttle to go to the Grand canal and back which runs approximately every half an hour.
The next day, I got a 48 hour water bus in Venice to travel around for €30 and it was very useful since I mostly took the boats to go around the attractions. It’s €7 for a single ride, so it’s a really good deal. My suggestion would be to buy all your tickets in advance to save time and make sure you are guaranteed entries to all the museums you are interested in visiting.
1. Do Spade – Small hole in the wall place with really good aperitif and wine selection.
2. Da Remer – Really cute place. Had beautiful views and live music.
3. Cocaeta – This was a small crepe place and a recommendation from a friend.
1.St Marks Basilica
I took the boat to get here and got a chance to explore Venice by boat and take in some gorgeous views. The basilica itself is small and din’t take a whole lot of time to look at.
Cost: 3 Euros
2.Campanile Di San Marco
The next thing I did is to go up this tower to take in the views of the city. They have an elevator to go up and have 360 degree view of the city from the top. I would suggest going there with a map so you can point out all the attractions you are interested in seeing. It’s fun and helps you figure out the directions to go to the next place.
Cost: 13 Euros
3.St Marks Square
This is one of the main squares in Venice with a lot of hustle and activities going on. You can get a bunch of pictures, walk around the bridges and also grab some nice lunch while admiring the views.
4. Galeria Del Academia
I had made prior reservations to be here by 3:00 PM. So it was perfect to walk through the city to this attraction I would highly suggest buying tickets in advance online.
Cost: 18 Euros
Since it was raining quite heavily on my first day here and there were thunderstorms, my gondola ride that evening got cancelled. Hence, I explored the city on foot and then visited Lido. It was fun to walk around here, get dinner and enjoy the 40 minute boat ride. I decided to go to my hotel and resting up for a bit before heading out again and hence it was a bit late. However, you can always go here earlier to catch the daylight and checkout the boutiques while they are open. We had dinner at Roxy cafe in Lido. The setting was really nice and the food was quite good.
1. Doge’s PalaceThis is located in Piazza San Marco. I booked the secret itinerary tour for this and it was amazing. They took us to secret rooms, prison cells and even told us amazing stories about Casablanca. I would highly recommend booking this tour in advance. Once the guided tour is complete, you can explore the palace on it’s own.
2.Rialto Bridge and Market
Venice’s most popular bridge. I went back to my hotel to rest for a bit. It was nice to walk around the city and on the bridge on the way there. There was a gondola competition going on that day, so it was fun watching them from the bridge.
Also walk through the market while you are here. They have some good leather goods and masks for sale. I got one for myself to use it this Halloween 🙂
3. Gondola Ride
I had booked this in advance as well via Viator. They have a number of options online depending on whether you’re looking for a private tour or a group tour. They generally do it in groups of 6.
Cost: €45 for a group tour. About €200 or more for private tours.
4. Drinks at Gritti Palace
This is a really nice hotel with beautiful views of river. If you have time, do grab a drink here and watch the sunset.
If you have more time, try to visit Murrano as well. They’re famous for the glass they manufacture.
Here are some more pictures from the trip:
Gondola’s lined up against the buildings
Beautiful Venice during Sunset
On the Gondola going through one of the canals
Views outside Da Remer. You can bring your wine and Apertif outside and enjoy it here.
Thank you for reading my post. Let me know if you have any questions while planning your trip and I will be happy to answer them 🙂